What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which generates a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied all hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)
Are you growing baffled? We categorically are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Drawback No.3: A complete lack of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to cite the total shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" interface at all. That's a big problem. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the eager customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...